About Dr. Tom

Social Innovation Solutions provides new ways of thinking and acting in order to change our society for the better. We are clearly at a turning point – only creativity and innovation can buy us time as a society to make the tough choices we need to make.   Clearly the true strength of the human species – and American society in particular – has been our ability to innovate (i.e., turn creative ideas into practical products and programs.)

This BLOG – Social Innovation Solutions – is the creation of Dr. Thomas Jefferson Hoban, IV.  For almost 25 years he was as a Professor of Sociology and Food Science at North Carolina State University.  Dr. Hoban has also been a journalist, musician and consultant for three decades.  For the past ten years, he has been a leader in website design, internet marketing and distance education.  He looks forward to working with organizations and communities on a range of projects related to social innovation.

Click Here to Read Dr. Hoban’s Academic Vita

@ The Alamo in San Antonio on Oct. 21, 2010. I am "Grateful Red" to have 2 MS degrees from UW-Madison (see below).

Capabilities to Assist Communities and Organizations with Social Innovation:

  • Developing, implementing and evaluating communication and marketing campaigns.
  • Planning, initiating and maintaining positive social innovation and organizational transformation.
  • Imagining, interpreting and influencing the social impacts of technology and environmental change.
  • Documenting and demonstrating sustainable and socially responsible practices.
  • Understanding and influencing public attitudes about social innovations.
  • Researching and promoting the adoption of sustainable lifestyles and behaviors.
  • Fostering and facilitating community organizing and economic development.
  • Using music, art and culture to foster community creativity and social movements.

Dr. Hoban brings a unique combination of practical experience and specific skills.

  • Policy analysis
  • Program evaluation
  • Market strategy
  • Survey research
  • Statistical analysis


  • Grant writing
  • Fund-raising
  • Teambuilding
  • Social networking
  • Media training
  • Strategic planning


  • Web site development
  • Public speaking
  • Report writing
  • Technical editing
  • Graphic design
  • Distance education

My formal education was innovative and interdisciplinary.

If you have questions or want more information, contact Dr. Hoban at the following e-mail:



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